Shell Shock: The Daiary of Tommy Atkins at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tim Marriott in Shell Shock at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Tim Marriott in Shell Shock at Chelmsford Civic Theatre - Credit: Archant

After a long service career, Atkins attempts to return to ‘normal’ life. After all he’s seen, civvy street will be a breeze, right? His observations on the absurdities of the everyday are comic, moving and insightful.

Shell Shock: The Diary of Tommy Atkins by Gulf War veteran Neil Blower Watkin is adapted and performed by comedy veteran

Tim Marriott at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Friday, January 31.

After a long service career, Atkins attempts to return to 'normal' life. After all he's seen, civvy street will be a breeze, right? As Tommy shares his diary, he takes us to crowded shopping malls, an automated job centre interview and a night out on the town.

His observations on the absurdities of the everyday have been reviewed as "comic and convincing", "fabulously witty" and "moving and insightful".


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As life conspires against him, nothing is safe from his increasing outrage: from post office queues to shopping in Ikea, computer games to phone zombies, all feel the force of Tommy's frustration.

Shell Shock' was a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe supported by the Army@TheFringe before going to Australia in September promoting the Invictus Games.

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Cramphorn Studio, 8pm. Tickets, £16/£14 special concessions £7 from boxoffice@chelmsford.gov.uk or 01245 606505.

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